When the Romero Virtual Campus initiative was first launch, there were many uncertainties in regard to how the needs of the consumer base would evolve and what technologies would be best to support such an initiative. After considering different alternatives, the decision was made to base the initiative on the Open edX Platform, which at that point was not widely recognized and for which there was not yet a translation to Spanish available.
eduNEXT took care of completing the translation to Spanish and provisioning the platform for the initiative, which led to accelerated growth rapidly, growing from a few hundred users in 2015 to tens of thousands of users within just one year. Through the consolidation of its position, as an innovative online learning provider, the addition of new courses, programs, and functionalities, and the strengthening of its partner networks, Romero Virtual Campus reached the mark of one million users in 2020, with more than 200 courses, 30 specialization programs, positioning itself as one of the largest virtual campuses in Latin America.
Throughout that journey, the Open edX platform has provided a very robust and reliable technology and eduNEXT has provided all the support required for their evolving needs, starting with a cloud-based subscription, and at some point moving into an on-premise installation and support plan. Complementary applications such as website integration with Drupal, the ecommerce and Insights application, and the course discovery service were added later to enable better marketing, programs, and analytics.
Some customizations have also been done along the way, such as the addition of support for the local payment gateway, addition of HTML formatting for the email notifications, and improvements to the ecommerce module to handle other currencies to name a few. Such extensions have been made available for other Open edX based initiatives to use.